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Civil sexual assault claims go forward (access required)

Where defendant’s demurrer asserts that plaintiff’s civil claims for sexual assault and battery, and aggravated sexual assault and battery fall under the tort of assault and battery, the demurrer is overruled because “Virginia law recognizes individual torts of sexual assault ...

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No actionable statement in defamation per se claim (access required)

Where a plaintiff asserted claims for defamation per se and insulting words against a bank and its attorney, but did not identify any actionable statements in a letter the attorney sent to the plaintiff, defendants’ demurrers are granted and plaintiff ...

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No jurisdiction over suit vs. unemployment commission (access required)

Where a man alleged that his due process rights were violated because the Virginia Employment Commission, or VEC, had not processed his November 2021 claim, but failed to establish the court had subject matter jurisdiction, his suit was dismissed. Background ...

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Punitive damages award reduced in defamation case (access required)

Where a jury awarded $1 in compensatory damages and $200,000 in punitive damages on a defamation claim, a motion for remittitur is granted. The award is reduced to $25,000. Background The parties are both dentists. Brown hired Grundy in 2013 ...

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No sovereign immunity for community services board (access required)

Where appellant was molested by an employee of a community mental health services board, the circuit court incorrectly granted the board’s plea in bar after concluding that the board was entitled to sovereign immunity from appellant’s simple negligence claim. The ...

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Losing employee must pay prevailing employer’s costs (access required)

Where the employer who prevailed at summary judgment in an employment discrimination case sought over $9,000 in costs from the plaintiff, she was ordered to pay the costs. Although she argued that her “financial outlook is grim,” her current “annual ...

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